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Case studies

Read more about award-winning schemes and the best of international housing design.  See who won Building for Life Awards in 2009.

All case studies

  • Abbotts Wharf

    Abbotts Wharf

    Tower Hamlets, London

    Hailed by the judges as a "pioneering development from a socially conscious developer", Abbotts Wharf has brought new life to a drab brownfield site.

  • Abode

    Newhall, Harlow

    Described by John Prescott as 'a model of the communities we have to build', Abode combines the sense of occasion afforded by one-off houses with the economies of volume house building.

  • Accordia



    This exceptional residential scheme close to the centre of Cambridge has been fitted densely into a site which formerly housed government offices and prefabricated WWII buildings.

  • Adelaide Wharf

    Hackney, London

    Adelaide Wharf is a redevelopment of a brownfield site into high- density, high-quality housing within a largely residential area of Hackney.

  • Admiralty Quarter. Photo by Crest Nicholson Regeneration

    Admiralty Quarter


    A handsome housing scheme next to Portsmouth’s historic dockyard which squares up to the surrounding buildings, including the Mary Rose and Victory museums.

  • Allerton Bywater

    Allerton Bywater (Area 3B)

    Castleford, West Yorkshire

    This innovative housing scheme is a small part of a much larger regeneration project and is at the south eastern corner of the Allerton Bywater Millennium Village which is being developed on the reclaimed site of a former colliery.

  • Angel Waterside

    Angel Waterside

    Islington, London

    An imaginative high density, mixed tenure, mixed use urban redevelopment of a former brownfield site, which also creates an excellent new public amenity.

  • Angell Town

    Angell Town

    Brixton, London

    This entirely social housing scheme is a radical redevelopment of a Lambeth Council 'groundscraper' 4 and 5 storey estate finished in 1978, which from its inception had serious problems of crime and unsociability.

  • Ashley Vale Self Build Development


    An impressive self-build project of 20 plots built over a former scaffold yard. It has a distinct character with a mix of scales, architectural styles and materials, and pleasant public spaces. Bounded by railway lines, allotments and a nature reserve, for a city site it has a rural feel.

  • Barking Central

    Barking, London

    Barking Central is a development that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. Delivered through a public-private partnership, it has transformed the heart of Barking, east London, by creating a truly civic space around the existing town hall and library.

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